1000 Multisport Adventurers to Descend on the Highlands

1000 multisport enthusiasts from all over the UK will descend on the Scottish Highlands this weekend (Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 September) for the inaugural Nokia Coast to Coast Adventure Challenge, the ultimate multi-sport adventure race from Nairn in the east to Ballachulish in the west.

Racing as a solo or in pairs athletes will cross Scotland in a weekend, tackling a marathon worth of running and trekking; some on and off road mountain biking and a breathtaking kayak on a route that takes in some of the most iconic locations and amazing views in Scotland: Loch Ness, the Great Glen, Ben Nevis and Glen Coe.

The majority of the intrepid adventurers, racing as a solo or in pairs, will tackle this 109-mile route in 48 hours.  The more hardcore and experienced athletes will leave the rest to get a head start on Saturday and complete a tougher course in just 13 hours of daylight on Sunday.

The Nokia Coast to Coast Adventure Challenge is part of 'The Nokia Outdoor Series' (url www.nokiaoutdoorseries.co.uk) – a range of events to celebrate the great outdoors, giving family, friends and work colleagues the opportunity to enjoy being active in some of the UK's most spectacular locations.  Demand for this leg of the series has been huge with one thousand places selling out as early as the beginning of July 2010; and more than 100 people on the waiting list.  
Jim Mee, MD of Rat Race Events, said: “In offering a truly defining but manageable UK multisport challenge, combining cycling, running and kayaking, on a spectacular and dramatic route through one of the most stunning and iconic mountain landscapes in the world, we have captured the imagination of a huge number of outdoor enthusiasts from throughout the UK and further afield.  We hope they have all managed their training regimes and wish them all good luck for what's in store!”  

Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer at EventScotland, the national events agency who are also supporting the event, said:  “The Nokia Coast to Coast will, without doubt, be the most exciting addition to Scotland's adventure sports events calendar in 2010.  This is an event that utilises every ounce of Scotland's sensational terrain and scenery, from lochs and glens to rivers and roads.”

“The event will showcase Scotland to one thousand outdoor enthusiasts from across the UK and beyond, promoting the nation's impeccable credentials as one of the best adventure sports destinations in the world.”

Councillor Sandy Park, Convener of The Highland Council said: “The overwhelming response to the entries into the Nokia Coast to Coast Adventure Challenge are testament to the fantastically challenging and beautiful environment that we have here in the Highlands. The Highlands of Scotland are firmly becoming established as a major international destination for athletic and sporting challenges. I am looking forward to the send off at Nairn Beach.”

Starting at Nairn Links, north east of Inverness on the North Sea's Moray Firth coast, the Nokia Coast to Coast kicks off with a seven mile trek to Cawdor Castle. There the 47 mile bike stage gets underway and heads to Daviot and onwards to the southern shores of Loch Ness. With a quick paddle in a sit-on-top kayak and a brief run, the day one course is completed with 56 miles completed.

Rising early in Fort Augustus on day two, the bikes come out again and it's time to gear up for some quality miles on the rough stuff, mixing up road and off road riding, for 37 miles via Fort William to the transition area at Glen Nevis in the heart of the Outdoor Capital of the UK. Following the Ben Nevis Tourist Route, fourteen of the last fifteen miles to Glencoe are covered on foot before a final push in kayaks across Loch Leven to the finish at the Isles of Glencoe Hotel, Ballachulish.

Although the main challenge is sold out there are still spaces left for the Nokia Coast to Cawdor 10k (and a bit) run on Sunday 19 September.  It also starts at Nairn Links and traces the route of the River Nairn to Cawdor Castle, with beach, river, forest and countryside vistas. It features on and off road sections and is predominantly classed as a trail run.

Entry fees for the Nokia Coast to Cawdor 10k are £15.  For more details of the Nokia Coast to Coast Adventure Challenge and how to enter the 10k go to: http://www.scotlandcoasttocoast.com.

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Notes to editors:

There are three different classes for competitors in the 'Nokia Coast to Coast' challenge:

Challenger – 109 miles over two days with full logistical support and open to anyone with a reasonable level of fitness. Challengers can race solo or in a pair.

Racer – 109 miles completed in one day (Sunday 19 September) with full logistical support. Some experience of multi-sport racing; whether adventure racing, triathlon, long distance running or similar is necessary. Racers can race solo or in a pair.

Expert – 103 miles completed in one day. Participants provide their own support and must be an experienced adventure sportsperson, triathlete or mountain athlete and be ready and able to take on a committing kayak stage on Loch Ness, providing your own boat to do so.

The Route:
Starting on Nairn beach, north east of Inverness on the North Sea's Moray Firth coast the Nokia Coast to Coast kicks off with a seven mile trek or run to Cawdor Castle. There the 47 mile bike stage gets underway and heads to Daviot and onwards to the southern shores of Loch Ness. With a quick paddle in a sit-on-top kayak and a brief run, the day one course is completed with 56 miles completed.

Rising early in Fort Augustus on day two, the bikes come out again and it's time to gear up for some quality miles on the rough stuff, mixing up road and off road riding, for 37 miles via Fort William to the transition area at Glen Nevis. Following the Ben Nevis Tourist Route, fourteen of the last fifteen miles to Glencoe are covered on foot before a final push in kayaks across Loch Leven to the finish at the Isles of Glencoe Hotel, Ballachulish.

Sound too easy? Hardcore athletes can leave the rest to get a head start on the Saturday and complete a tougher course in 13 hours of daylight on Sunday.   

EventScotland is the national events agency and is working to make Scotland one of the world's leading event destinations by developing an exciting portfolio of sporting and cultural events.

EventScotland is helping to raise Scotland's international profile and boost the economy by attracting more visitors.

A series of focus years running from 2010 to 2013 will ensure coordinated national activity that will spotlight some of Scotland's great assets as we journey towards 2014.  The four focus years are centered on domestic and international tourism and the development of the events industry in Scotland. These focus years will celebrate our reputation as a land food and drink, as an active nation, as a place of culture and creativity and as a place of natural beauty.

EventScotland is supporting the year-long celebration of Scotland's reputation as a land of food & drink.  For further information about EventScotland, its Funding programmes and latest event news visit www.EventScotland.org   

Contact: Paddy Cuthbert
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